Northwood Nutrition BLOG
Hi! My name is Korrin and I'm a Dietitian and self proclaimed foodie.
I love to cook all kinds of food. I love to work with all kinds of people.
On my blog, I strive to share positive, inspiring stories & nutrition information. In addition to some real life events mixed in. Welcome!
Truthfully, I have been meaning to write this post all week and I have finally been able to complete and publish it today. With such a heavy topic and so much to say, I found it hard to focus my thoughts. *deep breath* Here it goes...
Being a dietitian in a world of eating disorders is tough. Most clients dread meeting with a dietitian for a variety of reasons. Generally speaking, the dietitian is responsible for tracking the clients weight (yippee!) and encouraging the client to venture outside their comfort zone in regards to trigger foods (hooray!). Those exclamations are entirely sarcastic, just to be clear. These treatment strategies directly confront the eating disorder and create intense fear, anxiety and discomfort in the clients that I work with. Having an eating disorder is incredibly paralyzing and destructive. It not only impacts the life of the client, but also their loved ones.
It took me awhile to learn that I can't take the actions of the eating disorder personally. In residential care, clients are under supervision 24/7, all of their meals are structured and they have intensive therapy throughout the day with multiple different practitioners. The facility that I worked in treated adolescents. Imagine the average teenager going through hormonal changes, trying to find themselves and just figure out life before they enter the world as an adult. Add an eating disorder to that mix. Fun, right? Honestly, there were really challenging moments, but it was also some of the most rewarding work I have ever done, which is why I continue to work in the field now.
Now that I am working with clients in my practice, I find one of the most important tools is support from the community. I knew that after working with adolescents and seeing the destruction first hand, I absolutely had to educate the community about early diagnosis and prevention. Everything becomes more challenging when the acuity of the disease becomes more severe thus early detection is essential.
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) has a confidential and free screening tool that anyone can use. This is such a great resource to increase awareness and take the first step for yourself or someone you may know. www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/screening-tool
In my next post in regards to Eating Disorder Awareness week, I will discuss more ways that I contribute to prevention as well as eating disorders in relation to cultural foods and a recipe! I expect it will be more uplifting as well. ;)
Until next time, eat well!
Have you ever known someone with an eating disorder?
How did you support them/did you feel confident in your ability to reach out?
What were some eating behaviors that really impacted their life?